This past Monday marks the 31st anniversary of the timeless film classic “The Breakfast Club.” Initially released in 1985, the beloved coming-of-age movie classic is perhaps one of the most remembered of the decade, if not the century.
For those few who don’t know, the film follows a day in the life of five very different high school students who are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention. Each comes from a different tier of the stereotyped teenage “social classes,” and thus at first feel distanced from one another. As the day progresses, however, the group begins to depend on and trust one another more and more, slowly realizing that on the inside they aren’t so different after all.
The movie stars then-Brat Pack members Emilio Estevez (“Maximum Overdrive”), Molly Ringwald (“Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone”), Ally Sheedy (“Short Circuit”), Anthony Michael Hall (“The Dark Knight”), and Judd Nelson (“The Transformers: The Movie”), with Paul Gleason (“Die Hard”) as Assistant Principal Vernon. The film was written, directed, and produced by the late-great John Hughes, the legendary filmmaker behind such household names as “Home Alone,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Today also marks the 66th birthday of Hughes (who sadly passed away in August of 2009), giving all the more reason to remember a movie that is considered by many in the film community as his greatest achievement. For those who have yet to experience it, as well as the multitudes who already have, “The Breakfast Club” exhibits a unique blend of comedy and drama that offers a spectacular look into the hearts and minds of America’s younger generation.